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Golden Horn, Istanbul

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Serving as a commercial center for the past two millennia, Golden Horn occupies an estuary that separates the old city in the south from the more European north. Owing to its strategic location, the site witnessed a number of memorable historic occurrences and its sparkling beauty has been immortalized in paintings and poems throughout the centuries. Observe the ships and busy locals at this lively spot and walk along the bridge that connects the two sides. Take a break at one of the quaint cafes in the area. See Golden Horn and all Istanbul has to offer by arranging your trip with our Istanbul travel itinerary maker.
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  • Good to see both sides of the see here, the boat will take in a 1/2 hour tour by his hand operated boat. It's fun for a change.  more »
  • It's a vital part of the city and it's an important point to walk toward many places in Istanbul, you can walk up to istiklal street, or to the Egyptian bazaar, also from here you can reach the Asian ...  more »
  • The Golden Horn is a great attraction featuring breathtaking views, unique boat cruise experiences and a feeling of being in the heart of Istanbul.  more »

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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